At least seven people, including two pilots, have died after the reconnaissance plane on which they traveled crashed into a bush in the Turkish province of Van.
“Our teams told us that we lost seven heroes, two of whom were the pilots,” Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told Anatolia.
Soylu, who traveled to the place where the incident was recorded, added that it took place on Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. local time and that the plane fell from a height of 2,200 meters on Mount Artos.
He also said that the last time the pilots contacted the control tower was at 10:32 p.m. above Baskale district. Around 10:45 p.m., however, communication and its radar track were completely lost.
The aircraft, a model from 2015, has been in the Van and Hakkari provinces for reconnaissance and surveillance since Monday.